The Migrant – Flood

Pic by Arne Marius Skogås

Pic by Arne Marius Skogås

We all like to be romanced and seduced and that is exactly what The Migrant does with new album Flood. It is a warm melodic smile with melancholy at its corners; a collection of songs which wander through vibrant folk and pop rock landscapes with psychedelia aired exploration and magnetic intimacy. The album is gorgeous, a fascination which becomes even more irresistible with every gaze upon its aural beauty.

Hailing from Denmark, The Migrant is the creation of Copenhagen songwriter Bjarke Bendtsen, a project hugging a fine group of musicians when seducing live audiences around the globe. Critically acclaimed albums in 2011’s Amerika and Beads two years later have caught international attention already, both building on the potent start made by debut album Travels in Lowland in 2010. Recorded in a Danish summer cottage with the musicians that accompany Bendtsen on European stages, Flood simply envelops the listener in evocative and invigorating portraits of sound and vocal expression. Released earlier in 2015 in Denmark and Germany via DevilDuck Records, the album swiftly ignited the plaudits of media and fans alike and with its UK release at the tail end of last year through Cardiff imprint Rockpie, it is now finding matching success here too.

First track Climbers sets the tone and first inescapable lure, a reserved but energetic shuffle of a proposal which skips and flirts across ears with its flighty rhythms, acoustic caresses, and vocal temptation. In no time feet are bouncing and emotions dancing with the blend of poetic melodies, reflective vocals, and a dose of Sicilian laced guitar enterprise. The song is pure contagion, a gentle but bold enslavement quickly matched by the similarly tenacious charm and revelry of The Fixer. Harmonies play like the call of a steam train initially before Bendtsen serenades the imagination from within another acoustic hug. With a touch of Billy Momo to it, the track has body and energies leaping with ease and an already sparked appetite for the release greedier.

Flood-cover_RingMaster Review   The album’s title track slips in next, Flood providing a low key magnetic croon with drama waiting and building in its wings as flirtatious rhythms and a suggestive atmosphere infuse its walls. Things never reach the level of exploding but persistently shadow and add endearing shade to the mesmeric call of the song before it makes way for the outstanding Belly of a Man. Straight away it has a more boisterous air and energy to its temptation, rocking and rolling with certain restraint whilst wearing a broad harmonic grin coloured with seventies psychedelic hues. Before you know it, voice and heart are wrapped up in its rapture, eager involvement a given before half way and only increasing as its seriously catchy momentum builds to a thrilling climax.

Recent single Silence follows, it one of those songs you feel you already know without reason. With sultry sways of guitar and the ever radiant vocals and harmonies around throbbing rhythms, the track runs persuasive fingers down the spine to seduce and thrill. A shoegaze scent only adds to the sonic splendour and thick success made, the variety of creative flavouring again open within Flood and individually showing within Water as fizzy blues spices are filtered by guitars into enticing melodies across an exuberant character.

From its feisty adventure a calmer climate appears next with Give Up, the song an evocative charm of sound and provocative voice with a touch of Paul McCartney and Andy Partridge to it in songwriting and rural suggestiveness. As many tracks, within its oasis of tranquillity an eager energy brews and subsequently drives an increasingly catchy stroll.

The delicious smouldering swing of Haunted Takes over next, the song a majestic slow stepping intoxication with melancholic radiance carrying more drama and impact in its first minute than many albums can find in their whole body. The track really does haunt ears and thoughts, becoming a wonderfully lingering contemplation still working away long past taking its leave.

The duo of Tiger and Row Row bring the sublime release to a close, the first a balmy and again reserved proposition which prowls ears in its unique way whilst building up to almost overpowering and exhilarating crescendos with more than a whiff of Liverpool artists like Pete Wylie and Echo and The Bunnymen to them. Its successor simply kisses ears with slim acoustic elegance leading to psych pop sultriness, and though it arguably remains overshadowed by its stirring predecessor, the song has ears transfixed and pleasure ripe to end Flood with another fine moment to heartily devour.

Flood is simply sensational, in its subtle way as Homeric and monumental as it is intimately spellbinding, and one of last year’s real triumphs.

Flood is out now in the UK via Rockpie and available @ https://themigrant.bandcamp.com/album/flood

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Pete RingMaster 08/01/2016

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Conquer Rio – Be My Lady

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Taken from their recently released self-titled EP, Be My Lady is a stirring and magnetic lure into the melodic prowess of UK band Conquer Rio. The new single is a blaze of pop rock as infectious as it is evocatively impassioned in sound and voice, the kind of back-up to an initial introduction sure to round up another horde of eager and happy fans.

Conquer Rio artwork_RingMaster Review     The seeds of the band in many ways go back to “a pair of children meeting in nursery for the first time.” They were Tom Jordan and Lewis Melia who linked up years later to form Conquer Rio in 2011. Taking inspirations from the likes of Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic, The Script, The Killers, Foo Fighters, and Arcade Fire into their own invention, the Warrington hailing band has increasingly drawn attention and support over the past years. The playing of the Etihad Stadium Magic Weekend twice, the Old Trafford Super League Grand Final in 2013, and supporting Scouting for Girls at the Warrington Music Festival are amongst their highlights to date; the release of their EP and now new single sure to rank up there as moments sparking new spotlights upon the band.

With a line-up of Jake Bate, Dan Cobley, and Ben Roberts alongside Jordan and Melia, Conquer Rio swiftly have ears enticed through a great opening bassline, its throaty lure soon joined by a spicy blues web cast by guitars and emotively strong vocals. The potent start only intensifies through a quickly upon ears rousing chorus, its infectiousness spreading to other elements of the song as things blossom into  familiar yet unpredictable temptation. From a gentle but inviting start the track continues to grow and build towards a tenaciously anthemic roar of a climax, and fair to say if early on only ears are involved in the song by its end Be My Lady has the whole body rocking and roaring along.

It is true that there are no major surprises within Be My Lady but also that Conquer Rio offer a track which has their creative character all over it, attributes only confirmed by the EP spawning the single. This is a band heading towards another busy year in 2016 and with songs like Be My Lady a very successful one.

Be My Lady is out now with the Conquer Rio EP available @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/conquer-rio-ep/id1041643121

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Pete RingMaster 09/12/2015

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Jimmy & The Revolvers – The Morning Paper

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They do not come along as often as liked but this month sees another single from UK rockers Jimmy & The Revolvers, and just one more track which has the body swinging and pleasure flowing with consummate ease. The Morning Paper is a potently alluring mix of blues and jazz rock with indie and Brit pop which grips ears and feet from its first breath. Previous releases suggested that the Liverpool hailing band was one emerging proposition worth getting excited about, The Morning Paper is a confirmation.

Formed in 2013, Jimmy & the Revolvers quickly stirred attention with debut double A-sided single Aimee’s Song/Frosty. The end of that year saw the release of the Sunday Morning EP, another encounter earning open and increasing praise, and setting up 2014 for even stronger focus the way of the band. Radio play ensued whilst live the band went on to support Ian Skelly (former The Coral) amongst their own flood of successful gigs which included playing Liverpool Sound City. The unveiling of Whistle For My Love only stirred up more keen appetites and awareness that year, the single subsequently picked up for radio airing around the globe. This year has seen the quartet of vocalist/acoustic guitarist Jay Rehm, vocalist/bassist Kurt Riley, electric guitarist Jimmy Moon, and drummer Ash Michael continue to play shows up and down the UK as well as host a monthly club night in their home city. Now it is The Morning Paper poised to push the band into more ears and no doubt in turn, new welcoming hearts.

The song opens on the coaxing strum of Rehm’s guitar, a lure soon joined by the spicier tone of Moon’s strings and the crispy percussive bait laid by Michael. Within a few more breaths, the song is alight with the flames of brass and vibrant energy, a dynamic mix not too far from The Jam. A more relaxed stroll breaks out next but it too is just a moment in the fluid passage of the song; bluesy endeavour and that perpetual fire of brass subsequently entwining with country scented melodies and indie pop enterprise.

The track continues to saunter and leap as its persuasion gets stronger and more irresistible; building a feel good proposal sure to spark feet and hips into action and set a warm glow in emotions. Captivation is inescapable, from the song and the single package which also includes an acoustic live cut of Drink & The Devil Blues, a blues/folk hug as much seeded in nostalgic hues as it is a modern passion.

Produced by Carlo Variola of Ocean Waves Productions, The Morning Paper is one of those sparks that lights up any day, much as most of their songs to date.

The Morning Paper is out now via Ugly Man Records.

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Upcoming live date:

29/11 Manchester Gullivers

04/12 Birmingham Actress and Bishop

05/12 Stockport The Blossoms

19/12 Doncaster awaiting venue name

Pete RingMaster 24/11/2015

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Asylums – Missing Persons

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There is no escaping that UK indie rockers Asylums continue to impress and excite as they reveal more aspects to their kaleidoscope of sonic contagion through their releases. Further evidence of that success is now to be found in new single Missing Persons, their mellowest hug of melodic enterprise and off-kilter prowess yet. The song is also another tenacious roar of the energy and infection soaked revelry that the Southend hailing quartet is becoming richly renowned for and a reinforcement of the eager accusation we are not alone in casting, that Asylums is one of Britain’s truly exciting bands.

artwork _RingMaster Review     The foursome of Luke Branch, Jazz Miell, Henry Tyler, and Michael Webster introduced us to their scintillating creative credentials through the exceptional Wet Dream Fanzine EP this past February. It was a three track collection of the band’s singles to date, and a slightly deranged explosion of angular noise pop to get lustful over. Released via the band’s own Cool Thing Records, the EP was an inescapable wakeup call later backed by the single Joy In A Small Wage. Play-listed by Radio One amongst thick support and attention all round, the track opened up the more seductively mellow side of the Asylums sound whilst accentuating a busy summer of success which saw the band playing a host of UK and European Festivals including Glastonbury. Now it is the turn of Missing Persons to light a fuse to swift acclaim and hungry new appetites for more; success hard to see being escaped such the persuasion of the richly dynamic song.

From its opening strand of spicy guitar, Missing Persons simply lures ears and imagination; that initial hook replaced by similarly effective bass bait as the song slips into a Weezer meets Supergrass stroll with grinning melodies aligning with matching vocals. Bounding along with restraint and eagerness simultaneously, the song is arguably the most straight forward track from Asylums yet, but a deception as essences of Dickies like devilry and Post Adolescence meets Sonic Youth melodic revelry lines its rousing seducing throughout.

The song continues to enthral and ignite, persuading the body to swing to its canter and thoughts to breed lusty praise for its warm psych pop fun. It also confirms that Asylums have many strings to their warped pop bow and a continued fusion of all will only ensure we will all have a thrilling adventure ahead with them.

Missing Persons is released November 20th via Cool Thing Records through most online stores.

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Upcoming Asylums live dates:

November

20th London Forum (with The Enemy)

21st Coventry Empire (with The Enemy)

22nd Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (with The Enemy)

December

2nd Bristol Bierkeller (with Ash)

3rd London Shepherds Bush Empire (with Ash)

5th Newcastle Riverside (with Ash)

6th Glasgow ABC (with Ash)

8th Manchester The Ritz (with Ash)

9th Wolverhampton Leadmill (with Ash)

12th Norwich Waterfront (with Ash)

13th Brighton Concorde 2 (with Ash)

14th Cardiff Uni Students Union (with Ash)

15th Dublin Olympia Theatre (with Ash)

Pete RingMaster 19/11/2015

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The Dirty Youth – Just Move On/Atomic

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Reminding us of the impressive roar and contagion of their album Gold Dust which was released this past May, South Wales rockers The Dirty Youth now uncage a new double A-side single. It is confirmation of the tenacious potential and quality fuelling the band’s dynamic and virulent sound, and further evidence that The Dirty Youth is one of the bright sparks in British alternative rock.

For the new single, The Dirty Youth have united Just Move On from their aforementioned second full-length with a cover of the Blondie classic Atomic, the Americans one of the imagined inspirations of the band listening to their music. Formed in 2007, the quintet grabbed attention by the neck with acclaimed debut album Red Light Fix, it and a rousing live presence which has only grown to this day with the band sharing stages with the likes of Korn, The Rasmus, Heaven’s Basements, Fozzy, InMe, and Reckless Love along the way and making potent appearances at festivals such as Download; there numerous times. Fair to say Gold Dust opened up a new strength of spotlight and support over the past few weeks with its thrilling stomp, success which the new single can only build upon and prompt again.

The Dirty Youth Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review   Just Move On moves in with a feisty nature and on a roll of rhythms from drummer Freddie Green, the sonic coaxing of guitarists Matt Bond and Luke Padfield no less a lure with their emerging cascade of riffs. Once in full view, the song settles into a robust stride lined by the throbbing bass bait of Leon Watkins, it all leading, once the superb vocals of Danni Monroe spring in, to a busy and eager roar of energy and sound. The rhythms continue to be as galvanic as the fiery delivery of Monroe, whilst sonically the track sizzles with infectious enterprise. The flowing flame of keys, also cast by Bond, only add to the warm and incendiary character and contagion of a song which alone is a powerful call to newcomers to check out The Dirty Youth further and indeed Gold Dust.

It is a brave move to cover a song like Atomic, it so well ingrained in the psyche and with a design that there is little you can do with without dissecting it down to its DNA. Nevertheless The Dirty Youth have taken it on and done a fine job. Admittedly they have simply given it their own voice rather than twist it to their own recipe, but it works well and provides a thoroughly enjoyable time.

If you have yet to join The Dirty Youth there are two very good reasons why you should via their new single, with Just Move On an especially compelling and inescapable argument.

Just Move On/Atomic is released November 13th via Transcend Music.

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Pete RingMaster 13/11/2015

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The Tuesday Club – Lady Gargar EP

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After a summer taking their notorious concert party around the UK to the usual heavy dosage of acclaim and noise complaints by the neighbours, The Tuesday Club are breaking out the tea and tunes with the release of new EP Lady Gargar. The third in of a set of 4 EPs eventually uniting for the band’s next 4 x EP Box Set album, the ‘Body’ section of the eventual full-length brings three songs drenched in the recognisable Tuesday Club sound and devilry but as is always the way finding just that little more mischievous invention to refresh and excite.

Still looking and endearing like rejects from the Home Guard, men and woman who most likely would have been thrown out for goosing the vicar and flattening haystacks in the arms of land girls, The Tuesday Club just get more essential and addictive with every release, Lady Gargar as an EP and new single no exception. The successor to the My Consciousness EP out last October and the Forbidden Kiss EP of June this year, Lady Gargar romps and stomps like a Canadian/US soldier providing illicit booty in the Blitz, seducing and swaying with virulent punk ‘n’ roll pop temptation.

ep cover_RingMaster Review   The EP opens with its title track, the Walmington-on-Sea septet bringing Lady Gargar into view on a lone scrub of guitar and soon after, the distinctive vocal devilment of Andreas Vanderbraindrain and The Minx. Like Dirk Wears White Sox Adam and The Ants colluding with Oingo Boingo era Danny Elfman, the track slips through ears with thick flirtatious hooks and a broadly smiling swagger. Within this festivity, the keys of Rogerio Marauder bloom with melodic warmth as the beats of Titti Bartelski jab and lead an inescapable incitement on feet and hips. Everything about the song is magnetic, the guitars of Dave Worm and J Rod spewing catchy riffs and grooves as freely as the bass of The Beautiful Wolf wanders through it all in its own individual way.

Scars are Superstars steps up next, straight away laying down bait of jagged riffs and punchy beats as the rest of the band add their infectious spices with increasingly riveting success. Weaving in new wave and power pop enterprise into its relentlessly keen energy and gait, the song bounds along like a teenager in the heat of summer and puberty; grinning with sparkling hooks and the ever becoming vocal union of Vanderbraindrain’s spiv like devilment and The Minx’s Amazonian lure.

     Resistance (Makes the Heart Grown Fonder) completes the line-up upon the EP, its personal instant magnetism the perfect coaxing into an even stronger contagion of inimitable temptation. More a canter than its predecessors, the song ambles along with a Radio Stars meets Wreckless Eric enticing, at times a whiff of Ten Pole Tudor also showing its scent, simply bewitching at all times as it incites the body to use every angle at the hips disposal for a gentle but determined swing.

Recent releases have shown The Tuesday Club on a trend of being more and more creatively captivating with the Lady Gargar EP their new pinnacle in the defence of our pleasures and souls. Roll on EP 4 is all that is left to say.

The Lady Gargar EP is released on October 19th wit pre-orders available now @ http://thetuesdayclub.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=26399

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Upcoming Live shows:

Oct 19 8:00pm     The Horns     Watford, UK (EP Launch Show)

Oct 23 8:00pm     PDM At Harveys     Luton, UK

Oct 24 7:00pm     Cockfest! at The Town Hall     St. Albans, UK

Oct 31 7:30pm     Trestle Arts Centre     St. Albans, UK

Nov 01 6:00pm     Lower Red Lion     St. Albans, UK

Nov 08 8:00pm     The Garage     London, UK (supporting Toyah)

Pete RingMaster 14/10/2105

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Bud Sugar – Blinkin’ Thinkin’

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If you were sitting on a bus and a band leapt on and starting unleashing live their sounds what would your reactions be? If it was Bud Sugar it would most likely be of surprise and delight, as was the result when the British band engaged in such “guerilla marketing tactics” in their home city of Hull in collaboration with bus company Stagecoach. It is just one of the escapades the band is renowned for in supporting and promoting their emerging presence and sound. Now for a broader attention, the band is infesting ears with new single Blinkin’ Thinkin’, a song which quickly shows why such antics have only helped the band entice new fans, that and their well-received self-titled debut album of last year.

Artwork_RingMaster Review   Carrying a sound which the band self describes as “Cod Head Skank”, a fusion of ska, reggae, and swinging dance hall shenanigans, Blinkin’ Thinkin’ opens its lure with simple and gentle melodic caresses alongside distinctive vocals. With backing harmonies just as inviting, the song quickly shows it wants to throw off any reins though, which it does with joyful gaiety and energy soon after. In no time the quintet of Bacary Bax, STAN, Dyl, Live Lans, and Reason are spreading infectious rhythms and mischievous hooks around like confetti but in a tight manner which only accentuates their lures and addictiveness.

Across its vibrant body, the track ebbs and flows in its energy with every mellow seducing offered loaded with the promise of juicier treats, beats, and hooks which come the way of the adrenaline sparked roars and a vociferous festivity filled with an array of varied styles and flavours.

Blinkin’ Thinkin’ might have missed the boat in that it is easily a song for the summer but hey autumns can get quite spicy and frivolous too, so get some Bud Sugar down you is our recommendation.

Blinkin’ Thinkin’ is out now on iTunes.

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Pete RingMaster 04/10/2105

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